September 29, 2014

No matter what we call our religions, most Americans are philosophically hedonists. One of the truths our founding fathers considered self-evident was that the pursuit of happiness is an unalienable right endowed on us by our Creator, so it’s no surprise that we’re a nation of pleasure-seekers. Read more

September 26, 2014

It’s easy to feel spiritual when things go our way. When we’re calm and content, we can imagine we’ve attained some grand mystical state. As soon as we lose our temper, the entire facade shatters. Read more

September 25, 2014

Our eating habits have everything to do with karma. Read more

September 23, 2014

Threatened by the asuras (demons) Shumbha and Nishumbha, the gods compose the Devi Stuti hymn to Durga, praising her as “the Goddess, who resides in all beings.” Read more

September 22, 2014

A Hindu cat/monkey metaphor and a Christian cat/dog metaphor gave me a deeper understanding of the differences in how Hindus and Christians understand and approach God. Read more

September 20, 2014

Though the words sound similar when spoken, pacifism is not passivism. Pacifist comes from the same root as peace, and peacemaking is not passive. Read more

September 18, 2014

Translation is tricky. The translation you prefer will depend on how you plan to use the text. Devotional reading? Chanting? Verse-by-verse study? Read more

September 16, 2014

Billed as a hard-hitting course for Seekers, in which you can ask any question and explore the deeper issues together, Alpha is actually a dinner club for lifelong Christians who don’t even have any questions. Read more

September 15, 2014

There is probably no one in your life who has unlimited time to sit close, maintain eye contact, and listen to all of your thoughts, fears, insecurities, dreams, and goals for hours on end while asking nothing in return. Read more

September 14, 2014

Just as the tradition of worshiping Kali, Lakshmi and Sarasvati over the course of the Nine Nights demonstrates how the Goddess leads us from darkness to light, the tradition of worshiping the Navadurga demonstrates the path our soul takes from the earliest steps of spirituality all the way to enlightenment. Read more

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